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Windows 7: Windows Explorer doesn't recognize added Hard Drive


01 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows Explorer doesn't recognize added Hard Drive

I recently attempted to add a hard drive to my Lenovo W520 laptop using a CD/DVD caddy accessory designed to hold a SATA hard drive.

Windows recognized the new device and according to its messages, automatically installed the required device drivers. However, when I go into Windows Explorer, the new drive is nowhere to be found.

Now, I know (or at least assume) this new drive probably needs to be formatted, but shouldn't it show up within Windows Explorer even in a pre-formatted state?

If anyone can give me a clue as to what the problem might be, that'd be great.

Thanks,
—Thri

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01 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

No, it should show up in Disk Management to initialize and/or format, but until given a letter it will not show up in Explorer. Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
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01 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
No, it should show up in Disk Management to initialize and/or format, but until given a letter it will not show up in Explorer. Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
Thanks, gr. I think that'll get me on the right track.

—Thri
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PS - I'd forgotten how much fun it is to embarrass myself in this forum.
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02 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

There is no embarassment for asking questions 3C, only failing to ask them and getting caught out on the error.
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02 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There is no embarassment for asking questions 3C, only failing to ask them and getting caught out on the error.
Thanks. I can use the encouragement.
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